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Author Pitkin, Donald S. (Donald Stevenson), 1922-2012, author.

Title Four Germanys : a chronicle of the Schorcht family / Donald S. Pitkin ; foreword by John C. Torpey
Published Philadelphia, Pennsylvania : Temple University Press, 2016


Description 1 online resource
Series Politics, history, and social change
Contents Edwin and Elly -- The lay of the land -- Farming -- The farmstead -- Edgar and Irmgard -- National Socialism -- Edgar at war -- American occupation, Russian occupation -- Land reform, 1945-49 -- Irngard defects to the west -- Collectivization of the land, LPG 1 -- Edgar becomes mayor -- The mayoralty of Edgar Schorcht, 1965-87 -- From stables to apartments -- Erhard and Heidrun Schorcht -- The university -- Heidrun in America -- Heidrun, the metamorphosis of a Cold War kid -- Maria Schorcht
Summary In this last book by the late Donald Pitkin, author of The House that Giacomo Built, comes a story of the Schorcht family, through whose fortunes and struggles one can see the transformations of Germany through the long twentieth century. Each chapter of Four Germanys is reflective of generational rather than historical time. In 1922, Edwin Schorcht inherited his family farm, and in Part One, Pitkin traces the derivation of this farmstead. Part Two focuses on Schorcht's children who came of age in Hitler's Germany. Part Three has the Schorchts growing up in the Ulbricht years (1950-73) of the German Democratic Republic. The book concludes with the great-granddaughter, Maria, looking back to the past in relation to the new Germany that history had bequeathed her. Ultimately, Four Germanys reflects the impact of critical historical events on ordinary East Germans while it also reveals how one particular family managed its own historical adaptation to these events.-- Provided by Publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Schorcht, Edwin, 1890-1976 -- Family.
Schorcht, Edwin, 1890-1976.
World War (1939-1945)
Farmers -- Germany -- Thuringia -- Biography
World War, 1939-1945 -- Social aspects -- Germany -- Thuringia
Manners and customs.
REFERENCE -- Genealogy & Heraldry.
Social aspects.
Social conditions.
Thuringia (Germany) -- Biography
Thuringia (Germany) -- Social conditions -- 20th century
Thuringia (Germany) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
Germany -- Thuringia.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2016026183
ISBN 1439913447